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Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments
Medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australia’s largest private health insurer says it ‘acknowledges the science of climate change and the impacts on human health’

November 13, 2017 — Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank, will shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments because of the effects of climate change on human health. Continue reading Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

a family in Delhi ride through the thick smog
A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day

November 7, 2017 — A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day. Continue reading Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles
Nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, has been illegally high in most urban parts of Britain since 2010. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers accused of ‘stubborn failure’ to tackle widespread and illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year

November 7, 2017 — The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year. Continue reading UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

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More than 552,000 tonnes of waste a year would be burnt under revised plans for an energy incinerator in Sydney’s west. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Plant’s operator seeks approval for a phased development in the face of residents’ opposition and concerns over air quality

October 4, 2017 — Plans for the world’s biggest waste-to-energy plant in Sydney’s west have been cut in half, in an effort to address concerns from health and environmental authorities, and residents. Continue reading Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

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Pollution haze over London seen from the Shard. Mayor Sadiq Khan described the new air pollution findings as ‘sickening’. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50%

October 4, 2017 — The scale of London’s air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles. Continue reading Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

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Philip Lymbery, head of Compassion in World Farming and the author of two books on the destructive impact of industrial agriculture. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

It’s time the world woke up to the real impact of modern, industrial farming, says Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon and the Deadzone

October 4, 2017 — The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups. Continue reading Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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The decision was hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health

July 25, 2017 — As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

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ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida /AFP

The World Health Organization says the cases ‘suggest low transmission of Zika virus’ in India

NEW DELHI, India (May 28, 2017) —  The Indian health ministry has confirmed its first cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, the latest nation to be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that sparked global concern. Continue reading India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

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MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI

The vaccine, also known as Mosquirix, is developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. The large-scale three-country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

NAIROBI, Kenya (Apr. 24, 2017) — A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, April 24, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

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Vehicles on the Marylebone Road in London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

April 17, 2017 — The effect on well being of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests. Continue reading Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers